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Fr. John Carroll marking out the floor of Barntown Church

Fr. John Carroll marking out the floor of Barntown Church

Fr. John Carroll marking out the floor of Barntown Church

Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Ferns are looking forward to a return to celebrating Mass in front of a congregation again, albeit one that is limited in number due to Covid-19 social distancing restrictions.

From yesterday (Monday, June 29), churches are allowed to welcome gatherings of parishioners while observing a two-metre distance rule - an earlier suggested limit of 50 on the number attending Mass, was removed by the Government, following concern from church authorities.

'Looking into a camera has not been ideal but we had to go with the guidelines', said Diocesan Press Officer Fr John Carroll of the livestream broadcasting of many Masses for the past few months.